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Anonymous Steps Up Attacks Against Canada, Formula 1

Continuing the series of protests conducted in an effort to support students in Quebec, where Anonymous targeted 13 government and police websites, the associative group has stated that they will wreck the FIA as they turn their sights on Formula 1’s Montreal Grand Prix.

Anonymous’ threatened actions against the Montreal Grand Prix is due to their support of protestors, who were recently subjected to a controversial law restricting protests in Quebec – Special Law 78. The law boils down to subjecting students wishing to strike or protest to heavy fines. In short, Quebec outlawed free speech, and so Anonymous started "opQuebec".

Anonymous Targets F1 in #OpQuebecSpecial Law 78, Anonymous said in a statement, has been universally condemned by human rights watchers around the world as tyrannical and draconian, leaving Quebec in “clear violation of its basic human rights obligations.”

“Beginning on June 7 and running through race day on June 10, Anonymous will take down all the F1 websites, dump the servers and databases - and wreck anything else F1 related we can find on the internet. We would like to remind anyone considering attending this abominable race, that last time Anonymous found all the spectators personal data, including credit card numbers - un-encrypted on F1 servers.”

A video on YouTube encouraged F1 drivers to refuse to start their engines on race day as a sign of solidarity. Addressing the government of Quebec, the video stated that it was time to step back “and put a stop to this injustice.”

It’s expected that the race will be protested by others aside from Anonymous, something that has lawmakers jumpy – considering the amount of money Montreal stands to make from hosting the race and its fans.

"We highly suggest that you join the boycott of the F1 in Montreal and we certainly recommend that you NOT purchase any tickets or F1 merchandise online...You have been warned,” Anonymous’ statement concluded.

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Steve Ragan is a security reporter and contributor for SecurityWeek. Prior to joining the journalism world in 2005, he spent 15 years as a freelance IT contractor focused on endpoint security and security training.